Holcomycteronus brucei (Dollo, 1906)
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Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Neobythitinae
Max. size:  30.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 2705 - 4575 m
Distribution:  Southwest Atlantic Ocean and Southwest Indian Ocean: Southwest Atlantic Ocean: the Weddell Abyssal Plain. Southwest Indian Ocean: Crozet Islands.
Diagnosis:  Robust body with rounded snout; eye diameter much shorter than snout; opercular spine strong; 2 median and a pair of basibranchial tooth patches; 7-11 developed rakers on anterior gill arch; pelvic fin rays flattened distally and somewhat thicker in males (Ref. 34024).
Biology:  Rare species (Ref. 34024). Stomach remains include crustaceans (benthic isopod Storthyngura sp. 1.5-2.5 cm long) and an unidentifiable isopod) (Ref. 75736). Reproductive strategy possibly similar to other members of this family featuring oviparity, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 16 August 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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